Students at Nova Scotia Community College to Benefit from New Tools 

News Release

Funding supports leading-edge infrastructure and research, helps businesses develop new expertise

August 9, 2017 – Dartmouth, NS – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

The next generation of skilled workers and industry alike will benefit from new infrastructure, resources and skills training at Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) thanks to Government of Canada investments of nearly $2.2 million. This support for NSCC will help it equip students with sought-after skills and valuable workplace experience so it can produce the highly skilled workers that businesses need to succeed in the future.

The funding was announced today by Darren Fisher, Member of Parliament for Dartmouth-Cole Harbour, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA). Darrell Samson, Member of Parliament for Sackville-Preston-Chezzetcook also took part in the event.

Nearly $950,000 of the funding, provided through ACOA’s Business Development Program, will go towards three separate projects. As a result of these projects, NSCC will be able to offer 40 Nova Scotia businesses the opportunity to build their skills in human resources, health and safety, and industrial engineering technology; hire an advanced manufacturing technician; and, enhance its entrepreneurial skills building programming. 

The additional $1.2 million contribution, delivered through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund, will enable NSCC to purchase leading-edge equipment so it can focus on boosting applied research in local clean technology, agriculture, fisheries, as well as in the marine and manufacturing sectors.

These investments build on commitments made by the Government of Canada and the four Atlantic provinces to drive economic growth in the region through the Atlantic Growth Strategy, which supports strategic investments in initiatives that build on the region’s competitive advantages, such as its strong export potential, growing innovation ecosystem, and skilled workforce.


“Canada’s greatest asset is its skilled, hard-working, creative and diverse workforce. NSCC’s focus on innovation prepares our workforce for the well-paying jobs of today and tomorrow—and equips local industries with the tools they need to compete in the global economy. The Government of Canada is pleased to support NSCC as it acquires new technology to develop skills, enrich key sectors and build a world-leading innovation economy in Canada.”

Darren Fisher, Member of Parliament for Dartmouth-Cole Harbour 

“NSCC has a first-rate reputation for preparing graduates for the workplace and contributing to the growing industry-education relationship. When students get valuable work experience and businesses get to access the resources and expertise that those students provide, the local economy benefits and grows. These types of programs bring about new business opportunities, partnerships and innovations.”

Darrell Samson, Member of Parliament for Sackville-Preston-Chezzetcook 

“When the skills of our workforce match the labour needs of industry, our people and our businesses succeed. Investments like these will help our students gain access to leading-edge equipment, research opportunities and entrepreneurial skill-building. Tools that will help them develop the fundamental skills Nova Scotia employers are looking for.”

Honourable Labi Kousoulis, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education, Government of Nova Scotia  

“NSCC believes that the future of the province lies in the power of learning. Innovative endeavours, such as these, inspire curiosity, openness and creativity in the pursuit of excellence. They also inspire, cultivate and accelerate community innovation, entrepreneurship and cultural prosperity. When our students succeed, we succeed.

Don Bureaux, President, Nova Scotia Community College

Quick Facts

  • Serving the province through a network of 13 campuses, NSCC offers customized training programs for students, businesses, industries and government agencies in five academic schools — Access, Business, IT & Creative Industries, Health & Human Services, and Trades & Technology — reflecting labour market needs and opportunities in Nova Scotia. 

  • NSCC offers more than 120 programs to over 24,000 full-time, part-time and online students.

  • In an annual survey of its graduates, the College has found 88% are employed, most in their field of choice, with 90% of those living and working in Nova Scotia.

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DA Landy
Director, Public Affairs
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
902-564-3617/902-578-3813 (cell)

Lisa Jarrett
Media Relations Advisor
Province of Nova Scotia
Phone: 902-424-0281/902-717-4199 (cell)

Niki Toomey
Communications Advisor
Nova Scotia Community College
Phone: 902-476-1004

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